Police appeal for witnesses after Torquay man dies in A38 collision

Police accident

One man has died an another is in a serious condition following two collisions on the A38 on Saturday (9th April) morning.

A 32 year old lorry driver from Torquay was pronounced deceased at the scene after his lorry, which had been travelling towards Plymouth, went out of control and crossed the central reservation, and ended up on its side on the opposite carriageway.

The incident happened between Chudleigh Station and Harcombe Bends, emergency services were called at 6.10am.

There was then a second collision on Haldon Hill around an hour later when a  silver Vauxhall Astra van travelled towards Plymouth was in collision with the rear of an HGV which was caught up in traffic due to the first collision.

The van driver, a 36-year-old man from Ivybridge, received serious head and leg injuries and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital. The lorry driver was unhurt.

The A38 was closed in both directions for around eight hours while officers from the Serious Collisions Investigation Team carried out an examination of the scenes.

Anyone who saw either collision is asked to contact the Roads Policing Team on 101 or email:101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk quoting log 0159 [HGV collision] or 0167 [Astra collision], both of 09/04/16.


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